'Redskins' Marks Rightfully Tossed, DOJ Tells 4th Circ.

By Matthew Perlman (March 18, 2016, 5:05 PM EDT) -- The Washington Redskins' name is "racially disparaging," and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board did not restrict the speech of the football franchise by canceling its trademark registrations, the U.S. Department of Justice told the Fourth Circuit on Friday.

The U.S. is intervening in the team's challenge to the trademark cancellations, to defend the constitutionality of a Lanham Act section that bars the registration of marks that are "disparaging" to a group of people. In a brief Friday, the DOJ said that the team, which is owned and operated by Pro-Football Inc., fundamentally misunderstands the role of federal trademark registration....

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